Area Sports briefs
Area speed skiers fare well British Columbia
A trio of skiers made some quick runs down Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia earlier this month and came away with top 20 finishes at the Velocity Challenge and Canadian National Championships.
Basalt’s John Hembel paced the area racers, finishing sixth in the men’s unlimited class with a high speed of 158.631 kilometers per hour at the Canadian National Championships.
The run also earned Hembel fifth place in the Velocity Challenge and FIS World Cup, and his second-fastest run of 157.36 was good for seventh in the World Cup race.
Don Strickland of Glenwood Springs was 12th in both World Cup races with a top speed of 156.37. The run was good for 14th in the Canadian National Championships.
Carbondale’s Chris Wirkler was 16th and 20th in his two World Cup runs. He posted a top speed of 153.988 to place 19th in the Canadian National Championships.
Pinkham finishes Iditarod in 33rd
Bill Pinkham finished the Iditarod Dog Sled Race Thursday, 33rd in the field of 87 mushers who started the competition.
The Glenwood Springs resident pulled into Nome at 11:40 a.m. with eight dogs. His total time on the 1,100-mile course was 11 days, 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Mitch Seavy won the race with a time of 9 days, 12 hours, 20 minutes, narrowly defeating Jeff King, who finished 2:20 back.
GVHS baseball notches win over Basalt
PARACHUTE ” The Grand Valley Cardinals scored seven runs in the fifth inning to secure a 17-12 nonleague victory over Basalt here Tuesday afternoon.
The Cardinals trailed 8-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Grand Valley offense exploded in the frame. The Cardinals posted six hits ” including RBI doubles from Frank McPheron and Sam McKinley ” to take a 13-8 advantage.
Basalt rallied in the sixth inning, but saw its three-run effort cut short by a double play. The Cardinals answered with four runs in the bottom of the stanza.
McKinley earned the win in relief with four strikeouts. Starter Chris Brundle tallied seven strikeouts in the no-decision.
Offensively, McPheron finished with four RBIs and Justin Busch racked up three RBIs.
Players, coach picked for All-State Games
Grand Valley High School coach Mike Johnson was selected to coach the West team at June’s Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games, and he will have a few area players with whom to work.
Roaring Fork’s Tarn Udall, Basalt’s Lauren Redfern and Rifle’s Krista Wagstrom were all selected to the all-class all-star team.
On the boys side, Dan Markoya of Roaring Fork earned a spot on the West squad.
The All-State Games are scheduled to take place June 12 at Grandview, Eaglecrest and Cherokee Trail high schools.
RFHS seeks tennis coach
Roaring Fork High School has an immediate opening for a girls tennis coach.
Information: Larry Williams, 384-5753.
Incorrect information appeared in a story in Thursday’s Post Independent due to a reporter’s error. The Roaring Fork Rams won a state football title in 1977 under coach Rocky Whitworth, who recently accepted the head post at Glenwood Springs High School. The Rams also won a state title in 1973 under coach Bill Hanks.
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